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Eddie B 3:00 Mon Mar 19
The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporals_killings

I was 16 when this happened and couldn't believe what we were seeing on the TV news. One of the worst things I have ever seen.
The people who stormed their car were like a pack of hyenas.

RIP David Howes and Derek Wood.

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Coffee 11:16 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Anyone seen the play called The Ferryman, currently at the Gielgud Theatre?

Eddie B 10:45 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
"act with more reasoning" - these people supported the IRA. I'd suggest they didn't have much reasoning to begin with.

Tomshardware 10:17 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
A mob is a dangerous thing, people who may in normal situations act with more reasoning get swept along.

SilverSurfer 3:45 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
An unnamed soldier of the Royal Scots said his eight-man patrol was nearby and saw the attack on the corporals' car, but were told not to intervene. Soldiers and police arrived on the scene three minutes after the corporals had been shot, and established that the dead men were military personnel. A British Army spokesman said the army did not respond immediately because they needed time to asses the situation and were wary of being ambushed by the IRA. The large funeral procession also prevented them getting to the scene quickly.[19]
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So ashamed, there must have been something our forces could have done. It made me feel sick then, and still does now.

normannomates 3:24 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
They would gouge out an eyeball and make em eat it.

And that was going easy

normannomates 3:17 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Taches were permitted of course.
.hair?..if line Infantry..tops ..fill ya boots...common sense.

On tours....parade order ?..nah...most bods gave tramps a good image

normannomates 2:57 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
PIRA had a torture ritual for captured British Soldiers..named 'the operation'.

It didn't happen often thankfully..the ones that were caught werent line

normannomates 2:36 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Back in the day if you served in the SIGNALS..REME..etc..you had a brain
Infantry were for likes of myself...not set in stone..but pretty much...so Signalman being attached to covert opps is natural assumption.

Infantrymen less subtle by nature..

normannomates 2:26 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
hammer4ever
A 9mm Browning ..standard issue for squaddies on the lurch.

The average squaddie wasn't party to this ..do me a favour

normannomates 2:21 Thu Mar 22
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Pete.

A PTE in an Infantry Batallion never wore civvies or allowed out of the lines ..as for possession of a personal weapon....no chance..ever...

And none of my Battalion ever did either..as far as I'm aware..if they did..they were working for the head sheds ..

We lived in potakabins ffs.

On the borders ..even less

Humpty Dumpty 12:55 Wed Mar 21
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Collateral damage.

British Government & British Army.

Shameful.

RIP Corporal Woods and Corporal Howes.

GRiM71 12:37 Wed Mar 21
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Someone I know was serving in Northern Ireland at the time this happened, he too was in the Signals and said only a week before he was given the same tour in a car around Belfast by a longer server.

He hadn't watched the doc last night, but will be worth hearing what he though of it and did it echo his recollections.

hammer4ever 11:58 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
I served in Northern Ireland and used to pay the troops in Belfast and Londonderry. I used to travel around in a civvie car in normal clothes and always carried a 9mm pistol. As I was in civvies most of the time I was allowed to grow my hair. It wasn't just spooks who wore civvies.

Crassus 10:22 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
As BP says
' All stuff where using green fleet or helicopter wasn't practical or feasible.'
I was never in the military, but can confirm as fact that there was a significant non green fleet provision

Benfleet Pete 10:07 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Those posted to Northern Ireland! Every battalion posted over there would have some people looking as civvie as possible which included being allowed to grow hair a bit longer. Moustaches have always been allowed under Queen's Regs regardless. Jobs could have been very mundane like picking people or things up and dropping them off, carrying out route recces. All stuff where using green fleet or helicopter wasn't practical or feasible.

Swiss. 6:36 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Benfleet

What squadies wore long hair and moustaches?

Benfleet Pete 4:20 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Cutting around the province in civvie clothes and unmarked Q cars was by no means unusual for squaddies throughout the troubles. You didn't have to be on some sneaky operation or attached to SF. In fact it was a fairly routine thing. You would also carry a personal weapon (or two) for protection.

Swiss. 3:05 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
arsegrapes

When you posted that, which of course has nothing to do with this thread, did you see how utterly pathetic you look.

wrighty 1:21 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
I'm not sure what sort of ID cards they had that would have their home unit on.

arsegrapes 12:18 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
Foreign businessmen don't do flipping burgers in Mcd's, hth.

Swiss. 11:49 Tue Mar 20
Re: The Corporals Killings - 30 years ago today
One thing for sure in some ways they didn't die in vain. The images shocked Republicans as well.

The Priest who gave them last rites was involved in the peace process.

Crazy times. I remember in 97 I was working in Dublin. I had nothing as such to fear from the IRA but the opposite as Loyalist killing were increasing and they had said they would target foreign businessmen in Dublin.

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